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Lamar Alexander say President Donald Trump Should Use Funding Approved By Congress to Build Border Wall

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) reiterated that President Donald Trump has sufficient funding authority to build the wall he wants on the Southern border without resorting to a “dangerous national emergency precedent.”

“I support the president’s efforts to secure the border, and in December, I voted to give the President $1.375 billion to continue building the border wall and clear authority to transfer up to $4 billion from the defense budget,” said Senator Alexander.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

“This is the right way to fund the border wall – by asking the Congress for funding, allowing Congress to consider the request, and working with Congress to achieve a result. Declaring a national emergency to build the border wall is unnecessary, sets a dangerous precedent and is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution,” Senator Alexander stated.

For fiscal year 2020, President Trump requested $8.6B to build the border wall. Congress provided the president with authority to spend up to $5.375 billion on the border wall. The declaration of a national emergency would allow the president to transfer funding that was not provided by Congress from military construction projects and other parts of the federal government.

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